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Canon IXUS 125

The Canon ELPH 110 HS, known outside North America as the IXUS 125 HS, is a 16.1 Megapixel compact with a 3in display and a 5x zoom lens. Announced in January 2012 it will likely change the ELPH 100 HS / IXUS 115 HS. Along with a boost in resolution from 12.1 to 16.1 Megapixels, increased zoom array, and greater resolution 460k pixel display the ELPH 110 HS / IXUS 125 HS features the more recent DIGIC 5 processor which offers it with improved scene diagnosis and Face ID attributes. The new model holds on to the 1080p24 highest video mode with Super Slow Motion and Miniature modes, including Smart Auto exposure mode for motion pictures and the edit-friendly Apple iFrame format.

Released at the same time, the ELPH 520 HS / IXUS 500HS has a 10.1 (effective) Megapixel CMOS sensor and, with the same DIGIC 5 processor, shares many of the ELPH 110 HS / IXUS 125 HS’s straightforward functions. But with a 12x zoom array it can you much more detailed to the action, all in a compact body with a price tag only around 25 percent more. In my testimonial I’ll compare them both.

Measuring 93.2 x 57 x 20mm and weighing 135g with battery and card, the ELPH 110 HS / IXUS 125 HS is virtually exactly the same measurements and a tiny bit lighter than its predecessor.

The percentages coincide, however the design has evolved into a somewhat harder-edged variation, the rounded edges are still there, however with a tighter distance. The front of the camera looses the silver-coloured lens bezel and is now all the same color and the AF illuminator has actually been repositioned beneath the inbuilt flash. It all looks good, except for the brand-new HS badge (signifying the High Sensitiveness features of the CMOS sensor) which is slightly at odds with the otherwise sophisticated and up-market sensibilities of the ELPH / IXUS styling.

On the leading plate the control layout is unmodified with an auto/alternate mode switch, on/off button and shutter release with zoom collar. The design of the controls is really different though, Canon selecting shiny black buttons with matt surrounds in contrast to the previously silver ones. It’s the same story on the back panel with the control design shifted around a little however still comprised of a four-way controller, devoted movie record button, menu and playback buttons. This time the color design is the same as the camera body with a matt black disc on the four-way controller. Generally the impact is modern, sophisticated and practical and, while it’s unavoidably an individual choice, I really like it.

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